In memory of

Collin Garrels

September 6, 1946 - February 20, 2021
From: Lake View, IA
Collin Garrels

Collin Garrels

Born: September 6, 1946
Died: February 20, 2021
Age: 74
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   Collin Garrels of Lake View, IA, age 74, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA. Collin Earl Garrels was born on September 6, 1946, to parents Earl and Darlene (Carroll) Garrels in Lake City, IA. He grew up in Auburn, where he attended grade school and then graduated from Lake View- Auburn High School on May 23, 1965. After graduation, Collin was drafted into the US Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. He received the rank of SP4 and was honorably discharged on November 1, 1967. After his discharge, Collin and Cindy (Snyder) Garrels were married soon after on April 27, 1968.
   Collin and Cindy started their life’s journey in Sioux City, IA. Collin, a livestock producer, began his career raising sows in a garage. Collin and Cindy both worked full time at IBP. With their two girls in tow, they moved back to Sac County. The land Collin and Cindy farmed provided the resources to raise 6 healthy children, 400 sows and a couple cows. Whether it was cows, crops, the garden, feeder pigs or breeding bulls, Collin and Cindy instilled a fondness of all things living in their children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, friends, and family. Never alone, Collin was always teaching someone or telling one of his timeless jokes.
   Proud father, grandfather, mentor, and friend to many, Collin and Cindy’s door was open to all. Several times a week, Collin and Cindy entertained the many visitors who stopped by to talk and catch up on the latest happenings.  When Collin wasn’t on the farm, he could be spotted on his four-wheeler cruising around the county, found on a riverbank checking throw lines for catfish, scouring the DNR ground for a place to set traps, or on his knees toiling in his garden. At night, Collin and Cindy sat at the table watching the latest news, discussed the days happenings, or spoke with friends and family on the phone. Collin spent several nights hunched over garden catalogs, flipping through knife magazines or thumbing through McMurry Hatchery’s latest poultry catalog.
   How many landline using 74 year-olds, do you know, that you actually want to hang out with?! Collin Garrels, tough as nails, realer than most, a mentor to all. If you are family, the BV is under the counter. If you are selling something, you better have a bottle in hand. The Collin Earl Garrels, tested, tried, prevailed; proud to call him ours.
   Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Cynthia Garrels of Lake View; Sister: Debra Garrels (Jim) Ross of Trenton, MO; Children: Brenda (James) Schwanz of Vail, Bridget (Robert) Belt of Carnarvon, Beth (Todd) Quirk of Odebolt, Lisa (Troy) Gullett of Lake View, Janel (Bryan) Chedester of Lake View, and Clayton (Chelsy) Garrels of Lake View; Grandchildren: Dillon (Jordan), Spencer and Sydney Schwanz, Kylie, Trey, Joy, Desirae, and Bobbie Belt, Garrett, Chandler and Kendall Quirk, Evan, Drew, Regan, Jack, and Cain Gullett, Carter, Lauren, Collin, Calvin, Lola, Liv, Lincoln, and Lillian Chedester, Cash, Chloe, Crue, Cecelia, Cort, Clementine, and Cutler Garrels; Great Grandson Grady Schwanz; Niece and Nephews: Tanya Brunelle, Trinity and Jay R Ross; and several friends. Collin was preceded in death by his grandson Chester Garrels and his parents Earl and Darlene Garrels.
   In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. 
Tribute Video
Mass Of The Christian Burial
1:00 p.m., Wednesday
February 24, 2021
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Wall Lake, IA

Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Vigil Service
February 23, 2021
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Wall Lake, Iowa
"Softly and Tenderly"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"In The Garden"
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 8:40 PM
“My deepest sympathy to Cindy and all your family. Collin was a good friend and classmate.”
- Duane Ziegmann
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:30 PM
“Cindy and Family, so sorry for your loss. Loved watching you two dance at Lakewood when we all worked there. Prayers of sympathy and comfort.”
- Charlene Green
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:55 PM
“Cindy, so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. ”
- Terrie Barto
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“Cindy 7 family so sorry to hear of your loss . Colin was a really good guy Lynn Bluml”
- Lynn Bluml
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10:46 AM
“Dear Cyndy and family. I haven't seen or been around Collin for the last 50 years. I just want your and yours to know that his passing has left a void in my heart. I consider him to be one of my long ago friends from school. My shoulder still aches from the times that I would mouth off to him and he slug me in the upper arm. it was all in fun and I cherish the thoughts of him and the fun we had in school. May God give you and your family comfort in the future. I will see Collin in Heaven. ELGENE”
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:07 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold on your heart. ”
- Rachel Peters
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:16 AM
“My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Collin was a great man. My dad often reminisces of working for Collin . I have heard some great stories. Hugs and prayers.”
- Addie Brotherson Brower
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:16 AM
“Cindy and family. We are so sorry for the loss of Collin. May you hold the Lord close to your heart and let him help you through your grief. Saying prayers for all of you during this difficult time.”
- Rob and Pam Bernardo
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:16 AM
“Thinking of all of you as you say goodbye to a great man. May your memories bring you comfort. He has left the world a beautiful legacy through each of you.”
- Alissa Cook-Blair family
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:16 PM
“Our sincere sympathy to Cindy, Bridget and your entire family. We are so sorry for your loss. Your video tribute is wonderful. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories you have created together. ”
- Mike & Madonna Watson
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:16 PM
“We are so incredibly sorry about the loss of Collin. Cindy and the whole crew, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always fondly remember that big smile and big laugh! Collin was such a kind and gentle soul and he will be sorely missed by so many. Rest In Peace Collin and prayers of comfort and peace to those left behind to cherish his memory. ”
- Larry Graber Family
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:48 AM
“Cindy & Family: Our Deepest Smpathy to everyone, he was one great guy and will be missed by many..HUGS”
- Don & Carol Presley
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:21 AM
“Cindy and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time!”
- Sally Johnson
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:05 AM
“Our thoughts and prayer to the family, We both thought a lot of Collin and enjoyed the laughter and stories. He was quite the gentleman and will be missed. ”
- Michael and Kerry Floy
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:07 PM
“Cindy and family...please know you have my prayers and sympathy...was so very sorry to hear...hugs to y'all!!”
- Judy wilson
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:07 PM
“My very best to the entire family. A hard working Cattleman who I loved to visit with!”
- Jon Schaben
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:57 PM
“Our sincerest condolences to you, Cindy and your family! Prayers, thoughts, and hugs to you! May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving heart for peace at this difficult time! May family, friends, and happy memories keep your heart strong and feeling loved❣️🌹🌹🌹🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼”
- Tom and Sally Riedell
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:20 PM
“We were totally shocked to hear about Collin, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. ”
- Richard and Peggy Mace
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“I'm VERY sorry for your loss. You and his family meant the world to him.”
- Kathy (blessington) Rodman
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Our sympathy to the Garrels family”
- Dan and Cindy Bieret
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Cindy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Collin was like a big brother. He was my mentor for hunting , trapping, carpentering, equipment care and just life in general. At age 12 he could lay in the grass, on his back, kick his legs and would be standing in one motion. He helped Dad a lot. Dad used to say "that kid is as strong as a bull!"”
- Jim Clapper
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Cindy and family-Vern and I are so sorry to hear about Collin. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Vern and Mary Bruening
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:46 AM
“Don and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Hold onto all of your special memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Don and Donna Tjaden
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:45 AM
“Cindy & family I'm so sorry for your loss....many fond memories of growing up neighbors to Collin...baling hay, shelling corn, and riding school bus together. I remember writing letters to him when he was over in Viet Nam.”
- Chuck Clapper
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 8:24 AM
“Cindy and family I am so sorry for your loss. Collin was a good friend of Phil's in school and after they graduated. Phil had lots of praises for him during their friendship. God bless you as you go through your time of grief. Hugs to you Cindy. Loss of a husband is hard. ”
- Marie Hospelhorn
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:30 AM
“Deepest sympathy to the family! Road school bus with Collin back in the 60's. Worked for Earl in 1970. An old neighbor! ”
- Steven Frank
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 6:38 PM
“our deepest sympathy to you and the family. We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers”
- John and Cindy Schwarzkopf
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 6:38 PM
“Cindy and family I am so sorry to hear this, my last day of therapy we had it together I had the best visit with him. When we got on the bikes together I said do you want to race cousin and he chuckled. So glad we had a visit. Love you ”
- Tammy and Darwin Huseman
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4:20 PM
“Cindy and family you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time ”
- Marni Roth and family
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